The fulcrum of any home is the warm embers of a kitchen. It is meant for more than just cooking — it’s that favourite spot where a family sits together, talking, laughing, sharing and of course eating. While thinking decor, we often fail to give it the importance it deserves. Here we delve into how you can curate a stunning kitchen, effortlessly.
Choose wisely: Lend a chef-like allure by using upcycled wooden furniture to create a timeless kitchen. It not only uplifts the space, but also adds regal splendour. It adds depth and variety to the cabinetry and uplifts the look by breaking monotony. Coalescing pastoral themed doors imbue spring into those groomed worktops in a warm hue which is a great alternative to the usual pale marble and granite. Accentuating with an ornately veined stone in place of the kitchen top will warrant palpable quality, one that lends contrast and eternal style.
Kitchen garden: Chefs often grow their own herbs, thus adding fresh green plants and herbs can enliven any pre-existing scheme. Recycle those old ceramic bowls and broken cooking pots lying around. A great idea would be to place tiny shrubs for an alfresco feel all year long.
From the Stor-ages: For a super sleek look, choose matt over gloss. Manifold handles and knobs can make even the most minimalist contemporary kitchen appear cluttered so instead, choose discreet finger pulls and recess large cabinets into the wall to reduce bulk.
Lights galore: When it comes to lighting, it is a good idea to use feature lighting which guides the eye and creates points of interest. It also adds to the overall light ambience when combined with just ambient lighting such as a pendant over a table. A string of LED lights under the rim of an island worktop makes for an inviting space especially, if the dining area is right there.
Look upward: While most people merely ignore the ceiling, one cannot ignore that it makes up a sixth of any room. If using paint, go for a low-gloss finish to conceal flaws and age, keep in mind that darker colours tend to make a ceiling feel lower.
Appliances: Since appliances in the kitchen are going to occupy a significant portion of your counter, they might as well look stunning. One can pick from an array of colourful toasters, blenders and beverage makers to add a splash of colour. If you love playing host then you can also place popcorn makers, yogurt makers and ice crushers at accessible locations for informal soirees.
This season, aim to create a stunning space that makes cooking and conversation an experience you look forward to!
— The writer is a design expert at an online furniture store....